If in fact it is a machine, but more context is essential:
AUTOMATIC FEEDER: A machine that feeds a steady supply of raw, uncleaned cotton to the CARDING MACHINE.
BEAMING MACHINE: A machine which winds the individual YARN ends from a rope-like bundle and distributes them evenly over a SECTION BEAM.
BLENDING MACHINE: A group of devices that are synchronized to proportion definite amounts of various grades of cotton which are to be blended together.
BOBBIN CLEANER: A machine that removes any remaining YARN or ROVING from BOBBINS (QUILLS) after they have been used in the LOOMS, SPINNING MACHINES, or WINDERS.
BREAKER PICKER: The first of the two units of older style PICKER MACHINES. In this unit the raw cotton is partially cleaned by beating and fluffing and then fed into a FINISHER PICKER.
BREAKING AND OPENING MACHINE: A line of machines, working as a unit, that tear apart and partially clean matted, compressed, baled cotton.
CARD PUNCHING MACHINE: A machine which perforates the CARDS that are used in JACQUARD LOOMS to control the weaving of designs and patterns in th
CARDING MACHINE: A machine which completes the cleaning of the cotton, arranges the FIBERS so they are mostly parallel, and transforms the cotton from LAP into SLIVER.
COMBING MACHINE: A machine which prepares RIBBON LAP for spinning into fine YARN by removing short FIBERS, dirt, and NEPS and straightening the remaining FIBERS into parallel alignment.
COP WINDING MACHINE: A machine which winds YARN into small, headless, coreless, cigar-shaped PACKAGES (COPS).
DOUBLING MACHINE: A machine which folds cloth to half or quarter of its original width.
DRAWING FRAME: A machine in which several strands of SLIVER are combined into one strand and drawn out so that the combined strands approximate the weight and size of any one of the original strands.
FEEDER (MECHANICAL): See AUTOMATIC FEEDER.
FINISHER CARDING MACHINE: See CARDING MACHINE.
FINISHER PICKER: The second of the two units of older style PICKER MACHINES. This unit receives partially cleaned cotton in the form of LAP from a BREAKER PICKER and completes the cleaning and fluffing process.
FLY FRAME: One of several machines that progressively combine two strands of partially processed ROVING into one, DRAW OUT the combined strands until they are of prescribed weight, and twist them loosely in order to give them sufficient strength to withstand subsequent operations.
FOLDING MACHINE: A machine which folds cloth into yard length folds for baling.
GIN: A machine used to remove seeds and to clean dirt from cotton as it comes from the field.
HOPPER: See AUTOMATIC FEEDER.
INSPECTING MACHINE: A machine which draws cloth over a wide surface for inspection purposes and which partially cleans the cloth by brushing.
LACING MACHINE: See JACQUARD-CARD LACER.
LOOM: A machine for weaving WARP and FILLING YARNS to produce cloth.
MULE SPINNER: A somewhat outmoded machine which spins many strands of loosely twisted ROVING into many strands of YARN.
OPEN PICKER: See BREAKING AND OPENING MACHINE.
PICKER MACHINE: A machine which cleans, separates, and fluffs raw cotton, forms the cotton into a uniform layer, and winds it into a roll about a core.
RIBBON LAPPER: A machine which draws and combines several rolls of LAP from a SLIVER LAPPER into one roll of RIBBON LAP ready for feeding to a COMBING MACHINE, straightening the FIBERS slightly and making the LAP more uniform in weight and texture.
RING SPINNER: A machine which transforms one or more strands of slightly twisted ROVING into one strand of spun YARN.
SHEARING MACHINE: A machine which cuts away knots and loose YARN ends from the surface of cloth after it has been woven, to give the cloth a smooth surface
SLASHING MACHINE: A machine in which WARP YARN is arranged in a prescribed sequence, impregnated with SIZING to improve its weaving qualities, and wound on a LOOM BEAM ready for use.
SLUBBER: A machine which DRAWS OUT strands of SLIVER and twists them together loosely in order to give the strands (now ROVING) sufficient strength to withstand subsequent operations.
TENSILE TESTING MACHINE: A machine for measuring the elasticity and strength of yarn.
TYING-IN MACHINE: A machine which automatically ties strands of WARP YARN from a fresh BEAM of WARP to those left in a LOOM from a former BEAM.
WARPING MACHINE: A machine which draws YARN from many PACKAGES, arranges the strands parallel in a prescribed sequence, and winds them on BEAMS for use in LOOMS.
WASTE MACHINE: A machine which beats, pulls apart, and fluffs up waste cotton to prepare it for re-use.